Aston Villa leads Julian Alvarez transfer battle with 21-year-old River Plate striker also wanted by Milan

Aston Villa are reported to be in pole position to take down River Plate’s Julian Alvarez.

The 21-year-old has caught Villa’s attention with his eye-catching ability that has seen him score 11 goals in just 14 games in all competitions for the Argentine team this season, according to Calcircato.

Alvarez is said to be at the top of Villa's wish list


Alvarez is said to be at the top of Villa’s wish listcredit: Getty

One of Alvarez’s goals was a stunning one in River Plate’s 2-0 win over Boca Juniors at the start of the month in a tense game that saw former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo sent off.

But the striker, who can also play as a winger, won’t come cheap as River have introduced a £21.5m release clause into his contract.

Although the Midlands may be able to stop him for free once his contract expires next summer.

However, Villa will also have to avoid the interest of AC Milan who are also said to be keen to land Alvarez, who has also been dubbed “the spider”.

Dean Smith’s side will have to move in as reports suggest Milan have been watching Alvarez for months and sent scouts to watch Alvarez in action last week.

And the Serie A giants were so impressed with what they saw as the Argentine Premier League’s top scorer with 11 goals, that they are considering a bid for him in January.

Calciomercato also claims that Alvarez is aware of Milan’s interest and wants to continue to shine in South America to help him move to Europe.

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Milan are currently sitting at the top of Serie A and believe that Alvarez’s firepower can keep them there for the rest of the season.

On the other hand, Villa are thirteenth in the Premier League and will need the Argentine’s goals to help them reach the first half.

Villans, who were receiving a 3-1 win at Arsenal last week, are also said to be interested in beating Bologna defender Aaron Hickey.

The young Scottish player, 19, has enjoyed huge success with Bologna in Serie A after moving from Hearts and Villa with growing interest.

But it seems that Villa are on the verge of ending their work in an attempt to sign Hickey, who has revealed that he is happy in Italy at the moment.

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